The Department of Water and Sanitation recently
hosted the Sixth IHP Africa National Committees Meeting
¡V a United Nations (UN) sanctioned programme.
we converge here today, we are mindful of the global
issues in relation to water challenges facing most parts
of the world caused by the effects of climate change.
South Africa in particular is still grappling and
recovering from the devastating drought effects that
were experienced in most parts of the country two years
ago¡¨, the department said in a statement..
¡§The delegates gathered here today, are here to fulfil
the agreed-to ambit of the UN that established the IHP
in 1975. The IHP was established as the single
intergovernmental cooperative programme devoted to the
scientific study of freshwater and to formulate
strategies and policy for sustainable management of
water resources globally.
¡§Specific objectives of the IHP include enhancing water
resource management, promoting water resource governance
and supporting integrated programmes that facilitate
¡§It also provides opportunities for member states and
cooperating professional and scientific organisations to
enhance their understanding of the water cycle, thereby
increasing their capacities to manage and develop their
water resources better.
¡§Water is a catalyst for world peace and economic
development, and we need to value this resource as it is